Argentina doing what Ecuador and Iceland have already done successfully

Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds, which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy.

The vultures are demanding what amounts to a 600% return on bonds bought for pennies on the dollar, defeating a 2005 settlement in which 92% of creditors agreed to accept a 70% haircut on their bonds.

A US court has backed the vulture funds; but in the middle of August 2014, Argentina sidestepped its jurisdiction by transferring the trustee for payment from Bank of New York Mellon to its own central bank. That play, if approved by the Argentine Congress, will allow the country to continue making payments under its 2005 settlement, avoiding default on the majority of its bonds.

Argentina is already foreclosed from international capital markets, so it doesn’t have much to lose by thwarting the US court system. Similar bold moves by Ecuador and Iceland have left those countries in substantially better shape than Greece, which went along with the agendas of the international financiers.

The upside for Argentina was captured by President Fernandez in a nationwide speech on 19th August 2014: “When it comes to the sovereignty of our country and the conviction that we can no longer be extorted, and that we can’t become burdened with debt again, we are emerging as Argentines. If I signed what they’re trying to make me sign …. we would enter into the infernal cycle of debt which we’ve been subject to for so long.”

The deeper implications of that infernal cycle of debt cycle have been explored by Adrian Salbuchi: Where territories were once captured by military might, today they are being annexed by debt.

The still-evolving plan is to drive destitute nations into an international bankruptcy court whose decisions would have the force of law throughout the world. The court could then do with whole countries what US bankruptcy courts do with businesses: sell off their assets, including their real estate. Sovereign territories could be acquired as the spoils of bankruptcy without a shot being fired.

Global financiers and interlocking private megacorporations are increasingly supplanting governments on the international stage. An international bankruptcy court would be one more institution making that takeover legally binding and enforceable.

At present, sovereign governments can say no to the strong-arm tactics of the global bankers’ collection agency, the IMF. However, an international bankruptcy court would allow creditors to force a nation into bankruptcy, where territories could be involuntarily sold off in the same way that assets of bankrupt corporations are.

For Argentina, says Salbuchi, the likely prize is its very rich Patagonia region, long a favorite settlement target for ex-pats. When Argentina suffered a massive default in 2001, the G7 mainstream media machine proposed that Patagonia be ceded from the country as a defaulted debt payment mechanism. Debt for Territory: swapping public debt for government land.

The corporate banksters’ idea would be to transform a perceived Argentine public debt default into direct equity investment in which creditors can become land owners where they can develop  industrial, agricultural and real estate projects.

Ceding Patagonia from Argentina was first suggested in 1896 by Theodor Herzl, founder of the Zionist movement, as a second settlement location for what became Zionist Palestine.

In 2002, an IMF deputy manager called Anne Krueger asked: “Should countries like Argentina be able to declare themselves bankrupt?” Krueger’s article was posted on the IMF website and flagged up as proposing some new and creative ideas on what to do about Argentina. With the US DC corporation and its Fed money laundry itself now bankrupt and facing imminent public default, this American-sourced idea has become contemporaneously risible

In today’s delicate post-2008 banking system, a new sovereign debt crisis could thwart the corporate élite’s plans for an orderly transition towards a new global legal architecture which would allow orderly liquidation of financially-failed states like Argentina.

Argentina’s present debt crisis can be traced back to 1955, when President Juan Domingo Perón was ousted in a very bloody US/UK/mega-bank-sponsored military coup.

Perón was hated for his insistence on not indebting Argentina with the G7 mega-bankers. In 1946 he rejected joining the IMF. In 1953 he fully paid off all of Argentina’s sovereign debt. Once the mega-bankers got rid of him in 1956, they shoved Argentina into the IMF and created the Paris Club to engineer decades-worth of sovereign debt for vanquished Argentina, something they’ve been doing until today.

Many sovereign countries have been subjected to similar treatment. When the country cannot pay, the IMF sweeps in with refinancing agreements with strings attached, including selling off public assets and slashing public services in order to divert government revenues into foreign debt service.

It is worth asking a fundamental common-sense question: Why should national governments indebt themselves in hard currencies, decades into the future with global mega-bankers, when they could just as well finance these projects and needs far more safely by issuing the proper amounts of their own local sovereign currency instead?

The big banksters’ financial claims on wealth – bonds, mortgages and bank loans – are lent out to become somebody else’s debts in an exponentially expanding process. National economies have been obliged to pay their debts by cutting back new research, development and new physical reinvestment. This is the essence of IMF austerity plans, in which the currency is “stabilised” by further international borrowing on terms that destabilise the economy at large. Spiraling debt results in price inflation, since businesses have to raise their prices to cover the interest and fees on the debt.

For governments to escape this austerity trap, they need to spend not less, but more money on the tangible capital formation that increases physical productivity.

But where to get the investment money without getting sucked into the debt vortex? Where can Argentina get funding if the country is shut out of international capital markets? The common-sense response, Salbuchi observes, is for governments to issue the money they need directly.

An alternative which can have virtually the same effect is for nations to borrow money issued by their own publicly-owned banks. Public banks generate credit just as private banks do; but unlike private lenders, they return interest and profits to the local economy. Their mandate is to serve the public, and that is where their profits go.

Funding through their own government-issued currencies and publicly-owned banks has been successfully pursued by many countries historically, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, China, Russia, Korea and Japan.

Sovereign nations do need to be able to buy foreign products that they cannot acquire or produce domestically, and for that they need a form of currency or an international credit line that other nations will accept. But today, a global change is becoming manifest: sovereign nations are breaking away from the dying oil and weapons driven US dollar as the global reserve currency.

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Americans Take to the Streets Over Alien Invasion

By John Friend —

RAMONA, Calif.—During the past week, the crisis along the United States-Mexico border and the invasion of America by illegal aliens has not generated as many headlines as it has in previous weeks. That fact, however, does not mean the situation along the southern border of the U.S. has stabilized or that Americans are uninterested in the latest developments regarding these issues.

In late July, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) ordered as many as 1,000 troops from the National Guard to be deployed along the Texas-Mexico border to deal with the border crisis.

Speaking at a press briefing in Austin recently, Perry stated: “There can be no national security without border security, and Texans have paid too high a price for the federal government’s failure to secure our border.”

Perry’s move appears to be largely symbolic and likely designed to generate support for his future political ambitions. National Guard troops do not have the authority to make arrests and will only be playing a supportive role in an effort to deter Mexican drug cartels, human traffickers and other criminal activity, while referring suspected illegal immigrants to federal Border Patrol authorities.

“Our role is to look for the criminal element,” Lt. Col. Joanne MacGregor, a spokeswoman for the Texas National Guard, recently explained. “We are going to have a very thoughtful, thorough training plan so that everyone knows” what the National Guard’s limitations are.

Meanwhile, anti-illegal immigration protests are erupting across the nation. On July 26, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Boston, expressing their disgust and outrage at the federal government’s response to the illegal alien invasion of America. Popular Boston-area radio host Jeff Kuhner, who hosts “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO, organized the rally, which he estimated drew close to 10,000 people, if not more.

“I’ve never seen any kind of backlash like this before on any issue ever,” Kuhner explained to Boston.com. “People in this state are livid. They feel betrayed by the political elite.”

Kuhner and other protesters were particularly upset about the allegation that children are illegally entering the U.S., often after making a dangerous trek through their country of origin and Mexico to reach America with the expectation of receiving amnesty and other political, social and economic benefits. “These are not children,” said Kuhner. “When you say child, the implication is 4, 5, 6 [years old]. They’re teenagers—many of them are gangbangers. . . . If you’re 15, you’re not a child. A child is 12 and under.”

Echoing Kuhner’s concerns, economist Michael Snyder, who maintains the popular “The Economic Collapse” website, recently warned his readers that “Barack Obama has allowed hundreds of thousands of gang members to illegally enter the United States and settle in our major cities” by refusing to protect the American border.

“In many communities, gang activity is already wildly out of control, and some day our cities will burn because of the foolishness of the federal government,” Snyder stated.

Southern California continues to be a flashpoint for illegal immigration protests and other activism against the federal government and the Obama administration.

In Ramona, a small city in rural northeast San Diego County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona recently spoke to the Ramona TEA’d organization, which drew 400 people and roughly 20-25 counter protesters. The venue was filled to capacity, and numerous individuals were turned away at the door.

Arpaio addressed the illegal invasion of America, sponsored and facilitated by the federal government, along with the ongoing crime spree against the American people emanating from Washington.

William Gheen, the president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), and James Neighbors of Overpasses for America, announced plans for nationwide anti-illegal immigration protests in the weeks ahead, largely in response to Texas Representative Luis Gutierrez’s (D) outrageous comments that Hispanics should receive amnesty and American citizenship in order to punish Americans who are against illegal immigration and the transformation of the United States into a Third World country.

“Representatives from among the more than 50 organizations that recently conducted protests against illegal immigration in more than 300 locations nationwide have announced a new large wave of protests to take place October 24-25, in response to Gutierrez’s comments about using amnesty for illegals to punish Americans who oppose illegal immigration,” reads a July 22 ALIPAC press release.

Other protests are scheduled in the weeks leading up to October 24-25 and are designed to target congressional Republicans, who support amnesty.

“It is time for Americans to unify against immigration reform amnesty and to punish outlandish and corrupt politicians like Luis Gutierrez in the 2014 elections,” said Gheen.

Neighbors added: “Representative Gutierrez should resign or face censure by the Congress for his comments that are inappropriate for any elected official or government employee paid by our taxes!”

Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C. and leading leftist pundits, activists and organizations in America are demanding Congress approve the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama has requested to deal with the crisis and coddle the illegal aliens invading America.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) went so far as to compare the thousands of young people illegally entering the U.S. with “baby Jesus” on the popular MSNBC program “Morning Joe,” adding that Jesus “was a refugee from violence,” and that the U.S. has a humanitarian obligation to care for the illegal invaders.

In a similarly brazen move, the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego County is even threatening to sue the city of Escondido in north San Diego County for rejecting an illegal immigration shelter to be used to house and care for illegal aliens shipped from the U.S.-Mexico border to southern California.

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CDC refuses to release evidence to Congress on Autism

News has been rapidly exploding across the “truth media” regarding the CDC whistleblower who is now making shocking revelations: The CDC’s own research found that MMR vaccines caused autism in African-American children, and the agency knowingly buried this evidence to hide it from the public.

The scientific conspiracy went all the way to the top of the CDC, where Dr. Julie Gerberding — now an executive with vaccine maker Merck — took an active role in the cover-up and even arranged to have the whistleblower punished for trying to tell the truth.

CDC refuses to release evidence to Congress

Now we know that the CDC has also refused to turn over this information to Congress, too. U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (8th district, Florida) requested the documents from the CDC in a congressional hearing, but the CDC has stonewalled, refusing to turn over anything. This resulted in Congressman Posey calling for the CDC to be investigated. “The CDC can’t be trusted regarding investigating vaccine safety,” Posey said. “Huge conflict of interest. I think the CDC should be investigated.”

The full interview is available on the Autism One website.

This is all described in detail in this Age of Autism story which also delves into the runaway criminality of the CDC and its quack science front men such as Dr. Poul Thorsen. Dr. Thorsen — who was indicted by the Dept. of Justice for an elaborate money laundering scheme involving the CDC — engaged in exactly the kind of lies and deceptions we see reflected in biotech propagandists like Jon Entine, where so-called “scientific experts” routinely resort to outright lies and fabrications to protect corporate interests and try to silence skeptics.

Dr. Thorsen was a key conspirator who falsified research to “prove” that vaccines didn’t cause autism. This fraudulent research continues to be cited today by vaccine pushers, most of whom are fully aware of the dangers of vaccines but seem to want as many children to be harmed or killed as possible. The CDC took an active role in shaping this fraudulent research and funneling money into the hands of Dr. Thorsen so he could continue to carry out his vaccine fraud.

CDC running a criminal racket steeped in scientific fraud

What’s now abundantly clear is that the CDC is operating what can only be called a “criminal racket” that’s steeped in scientific fraud for the sole purpose of hiding from the public the truth about MMR vaccine dangers. The CDC possessed irrefutable evidence in 2002 that MMR vaccines caused a 340% increase risk of autism in African-American babies, yet instead of warning the public, the agency’s top scientists and executives actively conspired to bury that evidence.

Now that Congressman Posey is attempting to get some answers, the CDC is also stonewalling his office.

I called Congressman Posey’s office and spoke with his media contact, who assured me the following statement from Posey is official and on the record:

“When it comes to our children, we must make sure that any intervention is as safe as possible, including vaccinations. Scientific integrity is a key component to giving that assurance. I will continue to press for a full understanding of the evidence in this situation. The CDC has refused for more than six months to hand over documents I requested concerning this issue. That is not the type of response we expect from our government.

When I asked for further clarification, Congressman Posey’s spokesperson explained, “We want to see the truth come out, and ultimately we want to see proper studies done so families can have assurances… and so the public knows the proper course of action regarding vaccinating their children.”

The CDC, of course, absolutely does not want the truth to come out. That’s the whole point of burying the evidence and refusing to turn over documents to Congress. In this regard, the CDC is acting in almost exactly the same way the IRS has been behaving regarding its targeting of conservative non-profit groups. These government departments, it turns out, behave like criminal fiefdoms beholden to no one.

CDC abandons scientific integrity to harm black babies

What’s even more horrifying about all this is how the CDC’s actions disproportionally harm African-American babies. The medical reasons for this harm are not yet clear, but it may be related to the rampant vitamin D deficiency among African-Americans due to their skin blocking UV rays from sunlight. (The situation is so bad that many black babies are literally being born today with rickets, a disease caused entirely by vitamin D deficiency.)

Did the CDC hold a meeting where its top decision makers said something like, “Oh well, it’s only BLACK babies being harmed by this, so let’s bury the evidence and tell the world MMR vaccines are safe.” ?

If it turned out that white babies were also being increasingly harmed by MMR vaccines, would the CDC have gone public with the findings instead of burying them?

It’s one thing to commit scientific fraud, deceive the public and withhold documents from a congressional investigation. It’s another thing entirely to do so based on a racist agenda, knowing that black babies would be permanently harmed and handicapped by the CDC’s actions.

The Edward Snowden of the CDC

Fortunately we have a CDC whistleblower who is stepping forward with all this information and who has already handed over nearly 100,000 pages of documentation to independent researchers such as Brian Hooker, PhD.

And Natural News has already learned that this whistleblower will soon step forward to reveal their own name and details about their long tenure at the CDC where they personally witnessed heinous crimes being committed against humanity in the name of “immunizations” and public health.

Natural News has already been informed of the name of this person, and I can verify this person is very real and very committed to disclosing the lies which have haunted him for the past 12 years.

Mainstream media being ordered to bury this story

The corporate-run vaccine pushers are, of course, completely panicked at the thought that the truth is about to come out linking MMR vaccines to autism. I’ve even noticed a sharp uptick in the disinfo and propaganda being spread about Natural News in a desperate effort to silence our voice as we stand on the verge of breaking this historic story.

I’ve also learned that every effort is being made right now by the vaccine shills (who are funded by vaccine corporations, of course) to pressure the mainstream media to bury this story in exactly the same way the CDC buried their own evidence. The New York Times, I’ve been told, has already been directed to pretend this CDC whistleblower doesn’t exist. (Just watch as the NYT ignores this story in the days ahead…) Other media outlets such as CNN, the Washington Post, Fox News, etc., are no doubt also being pressured in exactly the same way. And that’s why none of the mainstream media can ever be trusted on ANY news. (Because no matter what they do report, there’s far more they deliberately don’t tell you…)

The raw truth of the matter is that the CDC has now been caught red-handed committing scientific fraud and running what is certainly a criminal conspiracy to cause extraordinary harm and suffering to African-American children. A CDC whistleblower is about to step forward. Documents have already been acquired by Natural News and other truth media sources. These documents will all sooner or later be released to the public. The truth can no longer be buried.

Truth media now breaks all the really important stories

What’s even more amazing is that it doesn’t even matter if the New York Times completely censors this story. The “truth media” is now the dominant information source among the well-informed. Natural News alone reaches about 7 million readers a month, and our news is picked up and syndicated on hundreds of other websites. Every desperate attempt by the mainstream media to try to discredit Natural News has only brought us more readers, expanding our reach and audience for the simple reason that people naturally seek out the truth.

Even more importantly, if the New York Times fails to cover this story, that will only further discredit them as nothing more than a corporate propaganda mouthpiece. Think about it: How could a CDC whistleblower, scientific fraud and a racist-overtones vaccine cover-up NOT be a front-page story for any honest media outlet? This is a story that affects every single family in America, and it’s a story of extraordinary criminality and deception carried out by a corrupt government agency that has deliberately placed tens of millions of black babies in harm’s way.

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By the Numbers: How Dangerous Is It to Be a Cop? (Why All The Military Assets?)

Defenders of police militarization such as that on display in Ferguson, Missouri, often claim that it’s necessary to provide military gear to cops, given how dangerous law enforcement has become.

Indeed, in the name of the War on Terror and theWar on Drugs, the federal government has provided thousands of pieces of military-grade body armor, mine-resistant armored personnel carriers, assault rifles, grenade launchers, helicopters, and night-vision goggles to local police and sheriffs. Almost every county in America has received equipment from these programs.



But has policing really become so dangerous that we need to arm peace officers like an invading army? The answer is no. It’s never been safer to be a cop.

To start with, few police officers die in the line of duty. Since 1900, only 18,781 police officers have died from any work-related injury. That’s an average of 164 a year. In absolute terms, officer fatalities peaked in 1930 (during alcohol prohibition) at 297, spiking again in the 1970s before steadily declining since.

If you look at police fatalities adjusted for the U.S. population, the decline is even starker. 2013 was the safest year for American policing since 1875.

In 2013, out of 900,000 sworn officersjust 100 died from a job-related injury. That’s about 11.1 per 100,000, or a rate of 0.001%.


 

Policing doesn’t even make it into the top 10 most dangerous American professions. Logging has a fatality rate 11 times higher, at 127.8 per 100,000. Fishing: 117 per 100,000. Pilot/flight engineer: 53.4 per 100,000. It’s twice as dangerous to be a truck driver as a cop—at 22.1 per 100,000.

Another point to bear in mind is that not all officer fatalities are homicides. Out of the 100 deaths in 2013, 31 were shot, 11 were struck by a vehicle, 2 were stabbed, and 1 died in a “bomb-related incident.” Other causes of death were: aircraft accident (1), automobile accident (28), motorcycle accident (4), falling (6), drowning (2), electrocution (1), and job-related illness (13).

Even assuming that half these deaths were homicides, policing would have a murder rate of 5.55 per 100,000, comparable to the average murder rate of U.S. cities: 5.6 per 100,000. It’s more dangerous to live in Baltimore (35.01 murders per 100,000 residents) than to be a cop in 2014.

This is not to say that police officers do not have a difficult job. They certainly do. They’re required to have daily contact with drunks, the mentally disabled, and criminal suspects. Arrests can often lead to physical confrontation, assault, and sometimes injury. Police are constantly dragged into families’ and neighbors’ petty squabbles. It can be a stressful and sometimes thankless task.

But it just isn’t unusually deadly or dangerous—and it’s safer today than ever before. The data do not justify the kinds of armor, weapons, insecurity, and paranoia being displayed by police across the country. Short of an outbreak of land-mine-related crimes in America’s heartland, there’s no reason to deploy mine-resistant vehicles and .50 caliber machine guns to rural sheriffs departments.

Instead of hiding behind gas masks, how about putting cops back on the beat and talking to the community? Instead of M16s and grenade launchers, how about dashboard and body cameras, which have been shown to reduce excessive force and improve officer safety? I bet Mike Brown’s family wishes St. Louis County had considered that, rather than being dazzled by shiny new toys from the Pentagon.

Update: My estimate for the rate of police murders was probably too high. I assumed for the sake of argument that half of the 100 police fatalities in 2013 were murders, because the FBI hasn’t released numbers yet for how many were felony killings. But the average from 2003-2012 shows that felony killings accounted for only a third (34%) of all officers fatalities. That would make the murder rate for police in 2013 something closer to 3.77 per 100,000, well below the national average.

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Large Holes Forming Near The New Madrid Fault And A Giant Crack In The Earth In North Mexico

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Did you know that the number of big earthquakes during the first three months of 2014 was more than double the yearly average of what we have experienced since 1979? And did you know that the number of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled in recent years?

If you do not believe this, just keep reading.  We live at a time when earthquakes are increasing in frequency and severity.  And we are starting to see some very unusual activity in places that have been quiet for a very long time.  For example, large holes are starting to mysteriously appear in Indiana near the New Madrid fault zone.  And a giant crack in the ground nearly a kilometer long has appeared in northern Mexico.  Could these be indications that even greater earthquake activity is on the way?

Most Americans don’t realize that the greatest earthquakes in U.S. history happened along the New Madrid fault zone.  Back during the early part of the 19th century, a series of immensely powerful earthquakes rattled the entire eastern half of the nation.  Documents that we have from that era say that those earthquakes were so powerful that they were felt more than 1,000 miles away.  And there are many that believe that if we had a similar earthquake today that the damage caused would almost be incalculable.

That is why what has been happening in Indiana is so alarming.  According to reports, half a dozen mystery holes have been discovered on Mount Baldy

More than a year after a 6-year-old boy was almost buried alive in a popular sand dune, more holes are appearingand scientists still aren’t sure why. The 126 foot sand dune, called Mount Baldy, in Indiana, remains closed as new potentially dangerous holes are appearing. Three geologists arrived last week with high tech equipment in the hope of using radio waves and core samples to see if they can determine what’s causing the holes. Their plan? To eventually build a three dimensional map of the dune to try and see it’s internal structure.

You can view a video news report about these mysterious holes right here

So what should we think about all of this?

Well it could be something or it could be nothing.

But any weird activity near the New Madrid fault always gets my attention.  This fault is so dangerous that it could literally change the shape of the country overnight.  For much more on how dangerous the New Madrid fault is, just check out this video.

Most Americans never even give the New Madrid fault a second thought, but the federal government considered it important enough to hold a major five day simulation known as “National Level Exercise 11″ just a few years ago…

In May, the federal government simulated an earthquake so massive, it killed 100,000 Midwesterners instantly, and forced more than 7 million people out of their homes. At the time, National Level Exercise 11 went largely unnoticed; the scenario seemed too far-fetched — states like Illinois and Missouri are in the middle of a tectonic plate, not at the edge of one. A major quake happens there once every several generations.

National Level Exercise 11, or NLE 11, was, in essence, a replay of a disaster that happened 200 years earlier. On Dec. 16, 1811, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit the New Madrid fault line, which lies on the border region of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. It’s by far the largest earthquake ever to strike the United States east of the Rockies. Up to 129,000 square kilometers [50,000 square miles] were hit with “raised or sunken lands, fissures, sinks, sand blows, and large landslides,” according to the U.S. Geological Service. “Huge waves on the Mississippi River overwhelmed many boats and washed others high onto the shore. High banks caved and collapsed into the river; sand bars and points of islands gave way; whole islands disappeared.” People as far away as New York City were awakened by the shaking.

More quakes, of a similar size, followed. But the loss of life was minimal: Not too many people lived in the area at the time. Today, there are more than 15 million people living in the quake zone. If a similar quake hit, “7.2 million people could be displaced, with 2 million seeking temporary shelter” in the first three days, FEMA Associate Adminsitrator William Carwile told a Congressional panel in 2010. “Direct economic losses for the eight states could total nearly $300 billion, while indirect losses at least twice that amount.”

And officials at the U.S. Geological Survey recently released a report that stated that the New Madrid fault zone has the “potential for larger and more powerful quakes than previously thought“.

That certainly sounds quite chilling.

In addition, retail powerhouse Wal-Mart is so concerned about the potential for a major quake that it “participated in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line” earlier this year…

Walmart Stores Inc., with its huge network of stores and facilities, has also taken note. “We are seeing increased earthquake activity in the central U.S. That is an area we are focusing on even more,” said Mark Cooper, senior director of emergency management at Walmart, in an interview. He explained that Walmart takes an “all-hazard” approach to emergency preparedness, but focuses on specific risks in areas of the country where those risks are particularly relevant, such as hurricanes in Louisiana. “A few weeks ago, we participated in an exercise to prepare for an earthquake on the New Madrid fault line,” he said.

You can read much more about all of this in my previous article entitled “Why Is Wal-Mart Preparing For A Major Earthquake On The New Madrid Fault?

But the New Madrid fault zone is certainly not the only area to be keeping an eye on.

Down in north Mexico, a giant crack in the ground about a kilometer long has recently appeared.  It is estimated to be approximately 16 feet across and 8 feet deep.  You can view some stunning aerial footage of this giant crack in the Earth right here

Some believe that an earthquake along the San Andreas Fault may be to blame for this giant fissure.

Others believe that it is being caused by an underground stream.

While footage of giant cracks in the Earth such as you have just seen can be quite spectacular, what is far more alarming to me personally are the cold, hard earthquake numbers.

For example, as I mentioned above, the number of big earthquakes that we have seen this year has been far higher than usual.  The following is from a recent CBS News report…

If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you’re right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979.

And this is not something that has just started happening.  As that same article explained, this is all part of a much longer trend…

The average rate of big earthquakes — those larger than magnitude 7 — has been 10 per year since 1979, the study reports. That rate rose to 12.5 per year starting in 1992, and then jumped to 16.7 per year starting in 2010 — a 65 percent increase compared to the rate since 1979. This increase accelerated in the first three months of 2014 to more than double the average since 1979, the researchers report.

In particular, things really seem to be heating up in the middle portion of the United States.  As I mentioned at the start of this article, the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern parts of the nation has quintupled over the past 30 years…

According to the USGS, the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled, to an average of 100 a year during the 2011-2013 period, up from only 20 per year during the 30-year period to 2000.

Most of these quakes were minor, but research published by the USGS earlier this year demonstrated that a relatively minor magnitude 5.0 quake caused by wastewater injection after conventional oil drilling triggered a much bigger, 5.7 magnitude quake in Prague, Okla.

“We know the hazard has increased for small and moderate size earthquakes. We don’t know as well how much the hazard has increased for large earthquakes. Our suspicion is it has but we are working on understanding this,” said William Ellsworth, a scientist with the USGS.

What we are watching happen is truly unprecedented.  Oklahoma alone has experienced more than 2,300 earthquakes so far this year.  Scientists don’t really know what to make of this alarming increase in seismic activity.

Could all of this be leading up to something really big?

And what will things look like if we do get hit by a magnitude 8 or a magnitude 9 earthquake in a very heavily populated area?

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Sherriffs Refuse Enforcement of UnGodly Federal Laws

Rural Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Federal Gun Laws

With more states passing stronger gun control laws, rural sheriffs across the country are taking their role as defenders of the Constitution to a new level by protesting such restrictions and, in some cases, refusing to enforce the laws.

Sheriff Mike Lewis considers himself the last man standing for the people of Wicomico County, Maryland.

“State police and highway patrol get their orders from the governor,” the sheriff said. “I get my orders from the citizens in this county.”

 

Lewis and other like-minded sheriffs have been joined by groups like Oath Keepers and the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, both of which encourage law enforcement officers to take a stand against gun control laws.

The role of a sheriff

While the position of sheriff is not found in the U.S. Constitution, it is listed in state constitutions. Nearly all of America’s 3,080 sheriffs are elected to their positions, whereas state and city police officials are appointed.

Lewis and other sheriffs, and their supporters, say that puts them in the best position to stand up to gun laws they consider unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to bear arms.

“The role of a sheriff is to be the interposer between the law and the citizen,” said Maryland Delegate Don Dwyer, an Anne Arundel County Republican. “He should stand between the government and citizen in every issue pertaining to the law.”

When Lewis was president of the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association, he testified with other sheriffs against the state’s Firearms Safety Act (FSA) before it was enacted in 2013. One of the strictest gun laws in the nation, the act requires gun applicants to supply fingerprints and complete training to obtain a handgun license online. It bans 45 types of firearms, limits magazines to 10 rounds and outlaws gun ownership for people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility.

After Lewis opposed the bill, he said he was inundated with emails, handwritten letters, phone calls and visits from people thanking him for standing up for gun rights.

 

“I knew this was a local issue, but I also knew it had serious ramifications on the U.S. Constitution, specifically for our Second Amendment right,” said Lewis, one of 24 sheriffs in the state. “It ignited fire among sheriffs throughout the state. Those in the rural areas all felt the way I did.”

In New York, the state sheriff’s association has publicly decried portions of the SAFE Act, state legislation that broadened the definition of a banned assault weapon, outlawed magazines holding more than 10 rounds and created harsher punishments for anyone who kills a first-responder in the line of duty.

A handful of the state’s 62 sheriffs have vowed not to enforce the high-capacity magazine and assault-weapon bans. One of the most vocal is Sheriff Tony Desmond of Schoharie County, population 32,000. He believes his refusal to enforce the SAFE Act won him re-election in 2013.

“If you have an (assault) weapon, which under the SAFE Act is considered illegal, I don’t look at it as being illegal just because someone said it was,” he said.

Colorado made national headlines when 55 of its 62 sheriffs attempted to sign on as plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of several 2013 gun control bills in the state. The most-controversial measures banned magazines of more than 15 rounds and established background checks for private gun sales.

“It’s not (the judge’s) job to tell me what I can and can’t enforce.”

A federal judge said the sheriffs couldn’t sue as elected officials, so Weld County Sheriff John Cooke and eight other sheriffs sued as private citizens. Cooke was the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, which a federal district judge threw out in June. He and other plaintiffs are preparing an appeal.

“It’s not (the judge’s) job to tell me what I can and can’t enforce,” Cooke said. “I’m still the one that has to say where do I put my priorities and resources? And it’s not going to be there.”

Lewis, who is running for re-election in Maryland this year, said sheriffs have a responsibility to push against what he sees as the federal government’s continual encroachment on citizens’ lives and rights.

“I made a vow and a commitment that as long as I’m the sheriff of this county I will not allow the federal government to come in here and strip my law-abiding citizens of the right to bear arms,” he said. “If they attempt to do that it will be an all-out civil war. Because I will stand toe-to-toe with my people.”

“It’s not up to a sheriff to decide what’s constitutional and what isn’t. That’s what our courts are for.”

But Maryland Sen. Brian Frosh, a sponsor of the Firearms Safety Act and a gun-control advocate from suburban Montgomery County, said Lewis’ understanding of a sheriff’s role is flawed.

“If you are a sheriff in Maryland you must take an oath to uphold the law and the Constitution,” said Frosh, now the Democratic nominee for Maryland attorney general. “… It’s not up to a sheriff to decide what’s constitutional and what isn’t. That’s what our courts are for.”

Frosh also noted that sheriffs are generally not lawyers or judges, which means they often are following their convictions instead of the Constitution.

 

“We had lots of people come in (to testify against the bill) and without any basis say, ‘This violates the Second Amendment,’” Frosh said. “They can cite the Second Amendment, but they couldn’t explain why this violates it. And the simple fact is it does not. There is a provision of our Constitution that gives people rights with respect to firearms, but it’s not as expansive as many of these people think.”

Sheriffs do have the power to nullify, or ignore, a law if it is unconstitutional, Maryland Delegate Dwyer said. He said James Madison referred to nullification as the rightful remedy for the Constitution.

“The sheriffs coming to testify on the bill understood the issue enough and were brave enough to come to Annapolis and make the bold stand that on their watch, in their county, they would not enforce these laws even if they passed,” said Dwyer. “That is the true role and responsibility of what the sheriff is.”

Oath Keepers and CSPOA

If former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack had it his way, there wouldn’t be a single gun control law in the U.S.

“I studied what the Founding Fathers meant about the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, and the conclusion is inescapable,” said Mack, the founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA). “There’s no way around it. Gun control in America is against the law.”

Mack’s conviction is central to the ideology of CSPOA, which he founded in 2011 to “unite all public servants and sheriffs, to keep their word to uphold, defend, protect, preserve and obey” the Constitution, according to the association’s website.

CSPOA grabbed media attention in February with a growing list of sheriffs — 484 as of late July — professing opposition to federal gun control.

 

Mack and CSPOA also have ties to Oath Keepers, an organization founded in 2009 with a similar goal to unite veterans, law enforcement officers and first-responders who pledge to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

The website of the Oath Keepers, which has active chapters in 48 states and the District of Columbia, and an estimated membership of 40,000, features a declaration of “orders we will not obey,” including those to disarm Americans, impose martial law on a state and blockade cities.

“I want to have the image that I protect gun owners, but I’m not fanatical about it.”

Some sheriffs perceive Oath Keepers and CSPOA as too radical to associate with. Desmond, of Schoharie County, New York, is known around his state for openly not enforcing provisions of the SAFE Act that he considers unconstitutional. Still, he’s not a member of either organization.

“I don’t want to get involved with somebody that may be a bit more proactive when it comes to the SAFE Act,” Desmond said. “I want to have the image that I protect gun owners, but I’m not fanatical about it.”

Mack is familiar with that sentiment. He suspects it’s hindered the growth of CSPOA.

“This is such a new idea for so many sheriffs that it’s hard for them to swallow it,” Mack said. “They’ve fallen into the brainwashing and the mainstream ideas that you just have to go after the drug dealers and the DUIs and serve court papers — and that the federal government is the supreme law of the land.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights nonprofit that classifies and combats hate and extremist groups, included both CSPOA and Oath Keepers on its list of 1,096 anti-government “patriot” groups active in 2013. Both groups have faced criticism for their alleged connections to accused criminals, including individuals charged with possessing a live napalm bomb and a suspect in the shooting and killing of two Las Vegas police officers and a bystander in June.

Representatives from the law center did not return phone calls and emails requesting comment.

Franklin Shook, an Oath Keepers board member who goes by the pseudonym “Elias Alias,” said the organization doesn’t promote violence, but rather a message of peaceful noncompliance.

“What Oath Keepers is saying is … when you get an order to go to somebody’s house and collect one of these guns, just stand down,” Shook said. “Say peacefully, ‘I refuse to carry out an unlawful order,’ and we, the organization, will do everything in our power to keep public pressure on your side to keep you from getting in trouble for standing down. That makes Oath Keepers extremely dangerous to the system.”

Self-proclaimed constitutional sheriffs hope that courts will overturn gun control measures in their states — but they recognize that may not happen. Lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of gun control legislation in Maryland, New York and Colorado have been, for the most part, unsuccessful.

“My hope is that the governor will look at it now that it’s been a year plus and say, ‘We’ve had some provisions that have failed. Let’s sit down and look at this and have a meaningful conversation,’” said Otsego County, New York, Sheriff Richard Devlin, who enforces the SAFE Act but doesn’t make it a priority. “I personally don’t see that happening, but I’d like to see that happen.”

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“Kroger Declines to Ban Handguns in Stores,”

“Kroger declines to ban handguns in stores,” Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner Liston Matthews reported in his Wednesday column, informing readers who the supermarket chain resisted organized pressure from Michael Bloomberg’s AstroTurf “Moms Demand Action” group to pressure the retailer into banning lawful carrying of firearms by its customers who choose to.

“Tell Kroger Moms want #GroceriesNotGuns,” the desperate MILMs urge on their website and via social media. Just to make sure the message gets through, the parent “Everytown” site repeats a “Tell Kroger Stores #GroceriesNotGuns” message.,

“The safety of our customers and associates is one of our most important company values,” Kroger responded on its website and to online inquiries. “Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don’t want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun. That is why our long – standing policy on this issue is to follow state and local laws and to ask customers to be respectful of others while shopping. We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.”

“Readers are encouraged to send a short note to Kroger, thanking them for their decision to follow the law, and not increase the danger to their customers by designating their stores as Gun Free Zones,” Matthews encouraged in his column, and this correspondent did just that, spreading the word and asking gun activists to follow that advice.

”Good job not bowing to pressure to change your gun policies,” I wrote to them on following Liston’s lead. “I appreciate stores that stay out of politics and focus on business.”

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Cops Guns Down Unarmed White Boy In Salt Lake City, Media Goes Silent

This is very similar to what happened in Ferguson Mo.

Dillon Taylor, 20 from Salt lake City, was leaving a 7 eleven store around 7 pm when police received a call about a man with a gun. Upon responding to 7 eleven they saw Dillian leaving the store and ordered him to lay down on the ground. Dillon had his ear phones in and did not hear what the cops said. When Dillon grab his pants to pull them up the cops opened fire.

Dillon was pronounce dead at the scene.

“It came in as a 911 call that there was a man with a gun,” said South Salt Lake Police Sgt. Darrin Sweeten. “He was verbally challenged and ultimately was shot.”

Sweeten would not release any more details of the incident.

It has been rumored that the Cops were not White cops. If true you have exactly the same situation as in Ferguson Mo, except the cops were not white and the victim was white. Where’s the outrage over this incident?

 

A day after Salt Lake City police shot and killed a man whose family claim he was unarmed, questions about the shooting remain unanswered.

“They’re here to protect and serve. More like shoot and kill,” said Jerrail Taylor, Dillon Taylor’s older brother. “Anybody in this house or anybody on the streets, if we kill someone, we’re doing 25 years to life in prison. I’d like this cop to lose his job and do the same amount of time like a regular human being.”

Dillon’s brother and cousin claim they were on their way to visit his parents’ graves and that Dillon was surprised by the police presence. He was not aggressive, they said.

“He had headphones in, and he couldn’t hear [anything], and then they finally surrounded him,” Jerrail said. “They’re like, ‘Get on the ground,’ and [he] pulled up his pants and [they] shot him.”

Thayne believes police might have thought his cousin was reaching for a gun when, in reality, he grabbed his cell phone.

“I was in shock, because he was wearing a white t-shirt and there was blood all over it,” Thayne said. “They ran up and handcuffed him. He wasn’t moving.”

A witness’s video shows police yelling for the two men to remain on the ground as Thayne repeatedly screams that they have shot his cousin.

The two men were taken to the police station, but released hours later without being charged or cited.

Family said Dillon had had struggles throughout his teenage and adult life, including a criminal past, after losing his parents at the age of 12.

They hope to remember him as a loyal friend and devoted father-to-be. His girlfriend is just a couple months pregnant, Jerrail said.

“He was the funniest kid ever,” Jerrail said. “His own baby will never meet him.”

The family has set up an account to help pay for funeral expenses. Wells Fargo Bank is accepting donations to the “Justice for Dillon” account #6386866385.

Family and friends are planing a vigil at 7 p.m. at the 7-Eleven where he died.

Where’s the outrage from mainstream media on this shooting? It seems they pick and choose which shootings they televise, why is that? How many more innocent kids need to be gunned down by the police before communities hold these public servants accountable?

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Drone flying near LAX sparks alarm from jet pilot

Police officials say the sighting of a personal drone in restricted Los Angles International Airport air space and another over City Hall support the need to clarify civilian drone use laws.

In the first incident on Aug. 4, police said a personal drone was spotted by a Canadian jetliner hovering about 10 miles east of LAX at 4,000 feet – an altitude outside Federal Aviation Administration guidelines for hobbyists with drones and and also within the airport’s Class B air space.

To fly that high and close to LAX brings with it a host of responsibilities, including having a transponder on the aircraft and two-way communication with air traffic controllers, federal officials said.

Los Angeles police learned of the drone when the airline pilot asked air traffic controllers if it was a police drone. The LAPD’s two drones are locked away in a federal building and have not been used.

In the second incident, employees on the LAPD’s 10th floor on the northwest side of the building said they looked out their window Aug. 14 to see a drone hovering outside their window.

After some in the office waved at it and snapped pictures, it flew across the street to City Hall and got close to the rooftop antennae.

While authorities say the drone spotted near LAX violated FAA regulations, the one downtown does not appear to have violated any laws.

There are plenty of restrictions on law enforcement’s use of drones and a permitting process for commercial operators. But not so for public users, something police have had to come to terms with recently.

 

“Everyone is going to suffer because of a reckless pilot,” said LAPD Air Support Capt. Gary Walters. “You don’t expect to see one at 1,000 feet when you’re doing 130 mph going to an emergency call to the Coliseum.”

The department is talking with the FAA and local lawmakers about what can be done to bring existing laws up to date so they apply to drones, officials said.

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Montana, Wyoming Brace for Snow, Cold Temps While Much of the U.S. Sizzles

While much of the U.S. will swelter in heat and humidity this weekend, it will feel more like fall, or even winter, for much of Montana and Wyoming.

 

An unseasonably cold low pressure system is expected to bring below-average temperatures to the northern Rockies through early next week. Temperatures will be up to 35 degrees below average in some locations this weekend. Glacier National Park may not even reach 50 degrees for a high on Saturday.

In fact, low temperatures will drop below freezing in the higher elevations, leading to the chance for the first snow of the season to fall. In West Glacier, Montana, the average date for the first temperature below 32 degrees is Sept. 13, so the cold conditions are about three weeks ahead of schedule.

 

There is abundant moisture with this system that will bring rain to the region with snow possible in the higher elevations. There will be gusty winds as well. The cold rain will be heavy at times and enhanced by deepening upslope flow on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains.

Snow accumulations will generally be a few inches or less, and the snow is expected to melt quickly. Up to 5 inches of snow is possible at the highest elevations through Sunday.

Snow levels will lower to near 6,500 feet in Glacier National Park, with light accumulations possible at Logan Pass. The higher peaks of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming could see about 3 inches of snow by Sunday.

Snow has occurred in Glacier National Park in August before. The National Park Service says that in 1992 a foot of snow fell in the northeastern section of the park. Snow has fallen even in lower elevations in August. During the 1992 storm Great Falls, Montana, reported 8.3″ of snow, and the coldest high temperature for the month of August was set at 38 degrees on Aug. 22.

This past June a snowstorm delayed the opening of Going-to-the-Sun Road, a main road in Glacier National Park.

Anyone with outdoor or travel plans this weekend in western Montana and Wyoming should be prepared for rapidly changing and winterlike conditions.

There is another chance of snow Monday and Tuesday as another disturbance moves through the region. Cold mornings will continue through Wednesday with frost likely as well. However, temperatures will moderate by late week and drier weather will return.

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